After President Trump ended US participation in Paris climate agreement, health and environmental advocates teamed up to slam the decision.
A Los Angeles Times article surveys public health leaders. Georges Benjamin, APHA’s executive director, called the decision reckless and a “… further abdication of leadership at the federal level to protect public health.” Harold P. Wimmer, American Lung Association president and CEO, emphasized that we’re already seeing the health effects of climate change in the US and globally, while Mary Pittman, Public Health Institute president and CEO, said that climate change is the most important public health issue of our time.
- 30 US mayors as well as governors, business leaders and university presidents are pledging to meet US greenhouse gas emission targets in the climate agreement. The New York Times
- A Fortune article details the health risks posed by ditching the Paris climate agreement.
- Michael Bloomberg has offered to cover the UN’s $15 million shortfall caused by the US pullout of the Paris accords, according to Fortune.